Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.25
One of the greatest tragedies in the last century is the Khojaly massacre orchestrated by the Armenian army that killed at least 613 ethnic Azerbaijani civilians on February 25-26, 1992, said the article posted on eurasiareview.com website.
"To live horrors of Khojaly tragedy where women, old men and children were savagely killed and to bear this is out of the human will," said the article quoting Tale Hasanov, Editor in Chief of the European-Azerbaijan Information Center.
Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has become one of the longest conflicts in modern history and has been protracted for over two decades due to the repeated provocation maneuvers undertaken by the Armenian army in the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories invaded by Armenia, said the article.
The author added that Armenian military provocations have been more frequent there and hunt until today the Azerbaijani civilians who live in their ancestral land.
These people continue to be attacked and killed by Armenian reconnaissance forces who intentionally violate the ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan, said the author.
"The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan appears to be proud and is unwilling to publicly apologize for the mass slaughtering conducted by his fellow countrymen against civilians of a neighboring peaceful nation such as Azerbaijan," said the article quoting Thomas Patrick Lowndes de Waal, a British journalist who is best known for his book "Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War" in relation to the Khojaly massacre.
The protracted bloody war, which begun due to Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan, left thousands of Azerbaijani civilians of Nagorno-Karabakh and the neighboring regions as internally displaced persons who are accommodated in more than 1600 refugee camps in Azerbaijan, according to the article.
On February 26, 2015, Azerbaijan and the international community, will commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly massacre.
In his article, the author says it is unfortunate that the Armenian leadership continues to rattle the saber, as well as its belligerent policy continue to be the same as in the late 1980's.
On February 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
As a result of the massacre, some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people remains unknown.
The article said that Armenian president is not willing to regret the genocide committed by Armenians in Khojaly against the innocent civilians of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.